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trayvon martin case. a senior law enforcement official close to the case says special prosecutor angela quarry is expected to press state charges against george zimmerman. the volunteer neighborhood watch captain who said he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self- defense. the martin family has been calling on prosecutors to charge zimmerman with murder. >> for the last 44 days, it has been a nightmare. and this is coming from a mother's perspective. >> reporter: martin's parents spoke in washington, d.c., where civil rights leaders met with u.s. attorney general eric holder. he says the justice department is looking into possible federal civil rights charges. >> that at every level of today's justice department, preventing and combatting youth violence and victimization is and will continue to be a top priority. >> reporter: police here in sanford are taking steps to keep the peace. once the prosecutor makes her announcement. >> reporter: zimmerman is going to have to figure out his legal defense. the two attorneys representing
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him quit yesterday after he stopped talking to them. in sanford, florida, randall pinkston, wjz eyewitness news. >> zimmerman's former attorneys say they are willing to take up his case again if he contacts them. stay with wjz for complete coverage. we will bring you the special prosecutor's announcement live when it happens. more breaking news in downtown baltimore. a jury reaches a not guilty verdict for twin brothers accused of setting a dog fire. wjz is live at the mitchell courthouse. weijia jiang has more on the decision in this landmark animal abuse case. weijia? >> reporter: jess, this was returned very quickly. it only took the jury about an hour to reach that verdict. we talked to one man who said they had no doubt someone set that dog on fire. but they say the state did not show enough proof that it was the defendants. >> reporter: 20-year-old twins travers and tremain johnson, visibly relieved, after a jury finds them not guilty of setting a pit bull puppy on fire. their mother speaks out for the first time ever. >> i'm feeling very proud.
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very, very proud. i need my boys -- knew my boys didn't have nothing to do with that. i'm very, very happy. >> reporter: the brothers were tried once before in this case. that ended in a hung jury in 2011. a single holdout could not be convinced to convict. almost the complete opposite this time. it only took jurors an hour to convict the johnsons. >> it is what it is. you have to go by what you see. not by what someone says. >> reporter: the state's case may have fallen apart when a star witness refused to testify. and there was no dna fingerprints, or forensic evidence recovered from the scene. prosecutors relied heavily on police surveillance video they say showed the johnsons running away from the fire. but jurors say animal welfare advocates who closely monitored the trial were tearful that there was no justice for the puppy named phoenix. >> justice denied does not mean
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good does not come from something. and the jury was incredibly different from this jury. there has been a circus atmosphere in this courtroom for 2 1/2 weeks, which doesn't lend itself to justice. >> reporter: those advocates called it a, quote, circus act because some of the jurors were falling asleep during the trial, some were laughing. the state's attorney issued a statement saying he does respect their decision, although he is disappointed. reporting live in downtown baltimore, weijia jiang, wjz eyewitness news. >> all right, weijia, thank you. the johnsons are being held on unrelated charges. a baltimore county woman is punished for throwing cleaning chem cas during a fight inside a -- chemicals during a fight inside a local wal-mart. denise has details on the sentence. >> reporter: teresa jefferson pled guilty today in connection with the fight that shut down a baltimore county wal-mart in october. charging documents showed jefferson threw bleach and pine solat -- pine-sol at her ex- boyfriend. today, a judge banned jefferson
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from wal-mart for five years and gave her a five-year suspended response. sentence. she will also serve five years probation. >> the other woman allegedly involved in that fight is also charged with assault. her trial is postponed until june. police make an arrest in a deadly hit-and-run accident. 21-year-old david french is charged in the crash that killed beverly moore in january. detectives say they've identified french as the driver who hit moore on seven courts drive. french turned himself in and is being held on $500,000 bond. an update on a case that shined the spotlight on zero tolerance policies in maryland schools. two lacrosse players suspended for bringing a pen knife and a lighter to a came. mike hellgren has more on a decision to overturn a punishment some considered out of line. >> reporter: the reversal of the suspensions is a rare move and raises questions about whether 0 tolerance policies go too far.
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>> relief, definitely. >> reporter: graham dennis and casey edsel fought and won, after school officials in talbot county, suspended the easton lacrosse high. even arresting and handcuffing dennis before a game last year. maryland's school board reversed the punishment, chastising them for going too far. writing when it reflects an abuse, it will be referred to as illegal. we must do so here. >> zero tolerance policy must be in effect. it really comes down to common sense. you -- >> do you think you'll get an apology? >> an apology would be nice. but i don't see anyone apology coming any time soon, to be honest. >> reporter: it's almost unheard of. the board urged schedule leaders to take special caution before going to police. >> the state school board, i felt really, really struck a
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blow against calvert county. >> the only thing that comes up with arrest with a deadly weapon if i google it. >> our board has been ridiculous to anyone with common sense. >> reporter: it was traumatic for the students and their families. but they've learned from the ordeal. >> i'll never forget that. because it's embarrassing. it's a difficult feeling for being taken from handcuffs to a police station. it's not something you want to do. it will leave a mark on you. >> both students will head to college in the fall where they'll continue to play lacrosse. in easton, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> talbot county public schools says it will comply with the board's decision and had no further comments. administrators declined wjz's requests for interviews. our weather is cooler today. outside now, there's a mix of sun and clouds. and it's chiller than usual for early april. meteorologist bernadette woods is outside. and bob turk are updating our
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conditions. let's start with bob in the first warning weather center. we saw some, believe it or not, some sleet, some rain showers, some a little -- little bit of wet snow showers. still shower activity around the region. it's very spotty. very light. you can see how quickly it's moving in from pennsylvania. so we still have a risk in the next hour or two, picking up. maybe a few light sprinkles or showers and don't be surprised, some of these showers that are a little heavier, north of bel air. you might easily see some snowflakes and some wet sleet mixed in. it won't do anything. but out in garrett county, they picked up a half inch to an inch and a half in some of the higher elevations, believe it or not. temperature-wise right now, we're at 53. oakland, there you see it. 32 degrees. now, our normal high in baltimore today is in the low 60s. today's temps, running anywhere from 5 to as much as almost 20 degrees colder than yesterday. the good news is, tomorrow will be warmer. but it remains awfully, awfully
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dry. bernadette woods in the outback with a look at those rainfall numbers. bernadette? >> reporter: that's right. we are getting a couple of showers out there today. that's about it. not really helping in the rainfall department all that much in really what we need. for the year, we are down 4.23 inches. and those numbers continue to climb, especially after we get rid of this front. because the next two to three days will be dry. and for the month alone, already over an inch down. basically, since march, we have not gotten much rain. and that's why we're having such a high-fire threat. and high-fire danger around here. with the winds picking up and dry air reenforcing itself tomorrow, that's not going to change any time soon. we'll have your forecast coming up. back inside. >> bernadette, thank you. millions of dollars on the chopping block. critical funds for maryland public schools. and police departments are at risk if the state can't work through its budget mess. political reporter pat warren takes a closer look at the possible cuts and who could feel the pain. hi, pat. >> hi, kai.
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hello, everybody. up until now, the state has been able to avoid deep cuts to education, public safety and healthcare. but as it stands now, everything is at risk. >> reporter: the 2013 budget was the governor's list of things to do. >> we failed to do those things. >> $242 million, budgeted for public education, including 33 million in baltimore alone. failed. >> we also failed our law enforcement officers on the front lines of reducing violent crime and saving lives. >> reporter: $20 million in police aids and other grants. failed. >> so sadly, the operating budget was pretty much the low point in my experience here. >> reporter: funding budgeted for higher education, state agency operations, jobs and pay raises. a combined $250 million failed. >> which is really a damn shame. >> it's a big concern for me. >> a concern shared by
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executives statewide. >> it puts us at risk of moving in the wrong direction. >> unfortunately, we're taking a step back. >> reporter: the senate president says otherwise. >> we didn't fail anybody. we didn't take a step back. >> reporter: senate president mike miller expects a special session to avoid the cut. >> it's up to the governor. obviously if you're working with the governor, he's not a happy camper right now. but he'll get over it. >> special session, governor? >> no, i didn't. [ laughter ] >> reporter: and he still hasn't mentioned if or when he will call a special session. reporting live from federal hill, i'm pat warren. back to you. >> the governor looked a bit irstated -- irritated there. thank you will. a special session would have to be held before a new budget takes effect july 1st. still ahead. running to safety. panic after a powerful earthquake strikes indonesia. is the tsunami threat over?
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personal privacy on social media is put to the test. i'm monique griego. coming up, maryland lawmakers decide what employers can have access to. that ad agency that brought you the natty boh is having a contest. we're on the search for the next voice of baltimore. that's coming up. a cold front is moving through. can we expect a warmup? don't miss the updated first warning weather with bob. ,,,,,,
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maryland is now the first state in the nation to prevent companies from accessing the social media accounts of current and future employees. monique griego has more on the landmark legislation. >> reporter: the debate over social media privacy ignited
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after employees reported companies were asking them to hand over their facebook password. >> i was just mortified. i just thought that crossed the line. >> reporter: robert collins was at the center of the controversy as the department of corrections asked him -- tim. >> he didn't feel forced to. but he felt he wouldn't get the job if he didn't. so he felt compelled. >> reporter: lawmakers officially this week banned a law in the state banning the state for asking for social media passwords. said people have everything from religion to social status. >> reporter: while some spoke out in favor of the law, there were those who thought it wouldn't too far. >> the maryland chamber of commerce opposed it, saying an employer has a right to
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scrutinize its its agents. gillman disagrees and stands behind the law. >> they can't now tap your phone. i'm sure they get a lot of revealing information that way, too. they need to go through the usual channels. >> reporter: and the governor has yet to sign the bill into law. but supporters don't believe there is anything that would keep him from doing so. jess, back to you. several other states, including california and illinois are now considering similar laws. if you're waiting for someone to get home from work, let's check on the roads, with kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. hi, kristy. >> hi, kai. hi, everyone. 95 northbound, that's been a mess today. the they is -- delay is still solid, back to 195. it's going to take you at least a half hour to get through. on the north side inner loop, stop and go there. west side inner loop, another 25-minute delay there from the harbor tunnel throughway around
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to security boulevard. average speed, about 35 miles an hour. 70 westbound, just bumper to bumper there, from 29 to marriottsville road. you'll also see delays in the eastbound direction as you are heading towards the beltway. other accidents include engle side avenue. pulaski at north highland. and finally, west northern parkway at greenspring avenue. let's now take a live look. as you can see, we have busy traffic there on the harrisburg expressway. that begins at showan road to belfast. this traffic report is brought to you by medieval times. come in for a spring break. get your id for $29.95. back to you. >> surely you joust, kristy. i'm sorry. do you speak like a baltimorean? if so, a local advertising agency wants your talent. adam may explains the contest and the search for the voice of baltimore. >> you've lived in baltimore all of your life? >> yes. >> reporter: we found 91-year-
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old katherine gram walking to lunch. >> you got a glass of water? >> reporter: she's more than qualified to compete in the voice of baltimore contest. >> that's a person who has a genuine baltimorean arc cent. >> accent. >> reporter: they need the voice for an unnamed local client so they're holding auditions. >> there are some words in the script that people in baltimore would say differently. >> that's right. i've sort of loaded it with words. i have spelled them the way they're spelled in the english language. but i'm thinking that the true baltimorean will know how to pronounce them. >> graham gave it her best. >> i've lived in baltimore all my life. i grew up on bel air road. >> you said bel air right. >> bel air. okay. what else did i say right? >> you said ambulance right. but what does that say? >> an ambulance. >> you don't each hear -- even hear your arc cent, do--
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accent, do you? >> i drove an ambulance. >> we'd also watch the oriolessa the memorial stadium. i still watch the orioles. yeah, buddy. >> had to go to washington for a few times. don't care for it. >> reporter: katherine agrees. >> do you like washington? >> it's nice. it's okay. but i like baltimore better. [ laughter ] >> i think you would be a wonderful voice of baltimore. if they don't pick you, i think they'd be great. i love it. >> reporter: adam may, wjz eyewitness news. >> men and women of any age can audition. to find out how to enter the voice of baltimore contest, log onto wjz.com. and here's my baltimore voice in the news anchor voice. >> okay. >> welcome to baltimore, hon. >> welcome to baltimore, hon. >> i sound like a news robot. that's why i wouldn't be good at it. >> it's a good accent. >> we'll take it. all right, you guys am we have chilly air this afternoon in baltimore. let's take a look at it.
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right now, temperature-wise, at 53. that's all. normal high right now is around 62, by the way. west/northwest winds at 12. the hume is quite low. we've -- humidity is quite low. we've had showers and yes, even smet sleet and snow -- sleet and snowflakes in some spots. off to the west there, looks like a tornado. but it's just shower activity. or there's something wrong with that television here. a little light shower activity. we'll come back and take a look at warmer air headed our way right after this. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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a chilly evening. but it looks nice out there, regardless. >> it's okay. denise had some sleet at her house. we've had reports of what we call grauple. it's pulled by the wind. >> grauple? >> yes. >> take a look at showers this afternoon. with the sun out. a beautiful rainbow as well. isn't that pretty? yeah. and there was no pot of gold at that rainbow. i looked for it. but could not find it. but with the rain and sun peeking this afternoon. still a few sun and showers around. pretty shot. might see some wet snowflakes for the next hour or two. as the sun sets, we'll lose the
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energy. and we'll start losing the clouds. it will be a cold night tonight. as it was this morning. many areas north of the city this area. saw temperatures in the low 30s. and there was scattered frost. may see more of that tonight. only 53. our normal high now is low 60s. 54 at washington. and only 38 in oakland. some of the mountain tops, really, three,3500 feet up. the highest elevations in maryland, between 3, 3300 feet. saw half inch, to inch and a half of wet snow today. pennsylvania and west virginia as well. east of the mountains, we saw mixture. 53 here in baltimore. 53 in d.c. 49 chilly in. this is about 10 degrees colder thanerg. now, this pattern, had we had it last month, would have been a really cold march. here we are in april. and we're getting these more like march temperatures, at least early. the breeze will die down
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somewhat later tonight. if the breeze dies down and the skies clear up, that's when temperatures will be dropping. so to our negotiate, particularly across pennsylvania, western maryland, we have freeze watches and freeze warnings and frost advisories. because these areas could see temperatures down as low as 31, 32 degrees. and a lot of trees blooming. and a lot of peach trees, apple trees, in bloom. not a good thing tonight. so i'm sure some of those areas, orchards, will have smudge pots burning. no advisories at this time. here in the east, big deep low pressure over eastern canada, is driving this chilly air down across the great lakes. look at this afternoon. spotty showers and snowflakes mixed in, all over the place. really, looks like measles. eventually tonight, we'll get in dryer air. and it will clear out. and during the day tomorrow. this high pressure moves in. it will be a clear day. warmer sunshine. this moves off. winds go off to the southwest. and there's our warmup for the end of the week. tomorrow, still breezy. bay temp around 53.
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hasn't really gone up much. tonight, then maybe a brief sprinkle or shower early. overnight, clearing to 40. 59 tomorrow. so warmer than today. a lot more sunshine. still on the breezy side. so looks like a much nicer day. even warmer. friday looks really, really nice. >> thank you. still ahead at 5:00, everybody. pack extracash for your summer vacation. the painful new prediction for gas prices. a peaceful protest turns violent on a college campus. the outcome of an investigation into this viral video. a hit-and-run driver kills two teenage south baltimore girls. but is the man on trial really the man behind the wheel? i'm derek valcourt, with the emotional interview. i'll have one of the victim's mothers coming up on eyewitness news. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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just before 5:30. it's 53 degrees and partly sunny. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. jury selection begins for the man accused in the hit-and-run death of two teenaged girls from pigtown. it's a court date their families had been anticipating for months. wjz is live. derek valcourt spoke with the
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emotional mother of one of the young victims. derek? >> reporter: well, she is ready for justice. and this is going to be an interesting trial. there were two people in the car on the night that her daughter was killed. each of those people is blaming the other, saying that that was the driver. now it's going to be up to a jury to decide who is telling the truth. >> reporter: it's been 10 months since 16-year-old courtney angeles, and 16-year- old emerald smith, were killed by a hit-and-run driver. pamela visits her daughter's grave regularly. >> when i come through the gates at loudoun park, i say, big hugs and kisses to you, courtney, mommy is here. mommy is here. >> reporter: her family and friends now at her side at the courthouse, as the accused killer. >> anxiety. some relief that we're finally here, at this point, knowing that justice will be served of. >> reporter: she wants 28-year- old rubin dunne sent to prison. shortly after the accident,
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police found dunne in the car that hit the girls. >> reporter: kendra has already pled guilty in exchange for leniency. she said dunne was driving drunk at the time of the accident and to protect him, she switched seats with him. >> reporter: but defense attorneys argue that dunne was never driving, that kendra miles was, and that she's testifying against him to save herself. pamela doesn't buy it. and she wants dunne held accountable. >> whether he was going over the speed limit, had few too many beers, whatever the situation, he shouldn't have done it. >> reporter: dunne faces charges of automobile manslaughter. >> now, dunne faces the possibility of 30 year in prison if convicted on all charges. updating the breaking news in the trayvon martin investigation. the man who shot and killed the unarmed florida teenager will be charged today. the martin family has been calling on prosecutors to
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charge george zimmerman with murder. but it's still unclear exactly what charges he will face. taking a lave look -- live look now in sanford, florida, where they are setting up for a news conference there. the special prosecutor in the case will announce her decision tonight at 6:00ment stay with -- 6:00. stay with wjz for complete coverage. we will bring you the announcement live when it happens. student protestors are pepper sprayed at a california university. now, an intgz into the incident is complete. virk is in the newsroom with a just-released report on the incident at uc davis. >> this video, seeing if it was preventable. the students were part of an occupy wall street camp in november. the task force seas -- says police should have considered other alternatives first. they contend that there was no need to remove the tents from campus. >> the task force also
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discovered the police were not authorized to use the larger cannisters of pepper spray, seen in the video. a massive earthquake hits off the toast of ind nese-- coast of indonesia. triggers widespread panic. but residents have now been given the all-clear. >> reporter: the powerful earthquake led to massive evacuations across southeast asia. civilians direct traffic as civilians headed to higher ground, in banda aceh. there was panic. women fainted and crowds gathered at mosques to pray. >> reporter: many feared the worst. because in 2004, a devastating quake and tsunami hit the area and killed 220,000 people. this man said he felt the ground shake for nearly six minutes. >> we really were feeling that some earthquake is happening. >> reporter: warning alarms sounded across the indian
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ocean. in thailand, schools interrupted classrooms. hospitals moved patients outside. and tourist areas near the coast, were immediately placed around a tsunami warning after a second 8.2 quake hit just hours after the first one. >> aftershocks will go on for weeks or months, maybe as long as years. you wouldn't expect any more aftershocks this big. >> reporter: indonesia remains on high alert. but the president says there are no reports of death or serious damage. monica villamizar, wjz eyewitness news. >> reporter: officials say the waves hitting the coast now are only a few feet high. meteorologist tim williams is in the weather center with a closer look at the strong earthquake and where it hits this the history books. >> it definitely ranks in the top five, actually, jessica. the first trembler, a magnitude 8.6 sent a crack in the earth's floor. on the sea floor, some 260
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miles to the southwest of the coastal city of banda aceh, an 8.2 quake hit. both quakes occurred at relatively shallow depths. one at 14 miles. and one at 10 miles beneath the sea floor. now, the reason those tsunamis created -- no tsunamis created from this is because of the quake. a strike slip fall is the type of quake that happened here. this means the quakes usually slide by each other, side by side. without radically displacing the sea wall or water. in the previous one, it threw the water up. and created a giant wave. but in this case are the water went side by side, never really being displaced. we'll continue to keep you posted on the aftershocks. >> all right, tim. thank you. people in singapore,
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thailand, bangladesh, malaysia, and thailand, reported feeling tremors from today's quake and aftershock. mission that killed osama bin laden. while speaking at the naval academy in annapolis, secretary of state hillary clinton described watching the events unfold in real time. she told the crowd no one could breathe for 35 minutes and described the moments that were the most difficult for her. >> when one of the helicopters, if you remember looking at drawings of what the compound looked like, there was a yard. ask there was a wall. and as the helicopter went in, the tail got stuck. and it was not flyable. >> the secretary of state also said how moved she was, seeing the spontaneous celebration outside the white house, after the announcement of osama bin laden's death. we have more breaking news in the trayvon martin case.
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law enforcement said the man who shot and killed the florida teenager will be charged with second-degree murder. we've also learned, george zimmerman is in police custody. as we have been reporting, the special prosecutor will have the case in less than an hour. and we will bring you complete live coverage at 6:00. mitt romney has momentum on his side in the republican race. his chief challenger has pulled out, leaving romney to focus on facing president obama. danielle nottingham reports for wjz, on how the president's re- election team is attacking the republican front runner. >> reporter: mitt romney picked a graphics company, owned by a woman, to kick off his campaign swing through the northeast. with his biggest threat, rick santorum, now out of the race, he's taking aim at president obama's record and trying to shore up support from female voters.
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polls show women have been slow to back the republican front runner. >> 92.3% of all the jobs lost during the obama years have been lost by women. 92.3%. >> reporter: and the obama campaign is sharpening its attacks on romney. they released a new web video wednesday, going after the former governor's record on the campaign trail. >> i was a severely conservative republican governor. >> reporter: president obama and romney's likely matchup isn't stopping newt gingrich and ron paul. both rivals way behind in the delegate count, say they're hanging in the white house race. >> gingrich says he's received thousands of donations in the hours after santorrum dropped out of the contest. he's asking the former senator's supporters to consider backing him. >> and i'm prepared to hang in there and talk about big ideas and big solutions and an american energy policy, getting gasoline below $2.50 a gallon, issues like that and see what
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happens am. >> reporter: gingrich and paul will now go afterrant santorum's delegates in the next round of primaries on april 24th. at the white house, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. newt gingrich says the issue with his campaign filing fee in utah has been fixed. his original check bounced because it was drawn on an account that was closed. stay with wjz for complete coverage of campaign 2012. we'll bring you the latest on the campaigns and the candidates. prices at the pump will make your summer travel more expensive this year. the government says the national average will be 24 sends a gal -- 24 cents a gallon more compared to last summer. only good news is prices are expected to re pain steady through september. here's a look at prices now in maryland. last month, a gallon of regular gas cost $3.80 on average. today, that same gallon is $3.99, jessica. >> and we feel it. making sure maryland students compete with the rest of the world. that's the goal of an education
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summit in baltimore county. andrea fumiy explains how stem cell classes hope to lead the way. >> reporter: whether it's building robots in carroll county or creating a new smart phone app in anne arundel county, it all happens in stem. science, technology and engineering math class. >> this is awesome. because it's something we made ourselveses and everyone else can download it to enhance curriculum, education leaders gathered in timonium, hoping to gather more for students. ideas include training teachers to start stem in elementary schools, offering student internships with private companies and creating an online stem network. >> reporter: education experts say right now, there are thousands of jobs in stem fields left empty in maryland. >> we see ourselves, falling
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behind other countries like china, where they are accelerating their efforts in these stem fields. >> reporter: former lockheed martin ceo, norm augustine, knows the importance of stem education. >> i had 82,000 engineers working for me. and if you go to mars, you have to go to orbitron. you do that with math. >> reporter: extending math and goals. >> i'm interested in the math aspect. i want to do something with neurology. >> the baltimore stem alliance hosted today's event. it hopes to become a model for the rest of the state. >> smart kids. still ahead on eyewitness news. a salmonella outbreak is spreading. the update on the illness, linked to sushi. north korea takes a dangerous step. the action it is prompting from the united states. bob turk. the first warning weather center. there is a warmup coming. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast.
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celebrating the work of a great african american artist.
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the u.s. postal service is unveiling a little piece of history. and you can own one for just 45 cents. ♪ [ music ] at morgan state, a whole lot of pomp for postage. >> they are our nation's calling card. they celebrate our culture. remind us of our history. help us appreciate that heritage stamps really reflect america. >> the dedication of a stamp, celebrating the work of william h. johnson, an african american artist. >> the forever stamp is a picture of an oil on plywood painting, with a vase of bright flowers on a small, red table. >> we hope this stamp will encourage more americans to learn about johnson and his life story.
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>> it symbolizes love, devotion and friendship. several guests bought the postage to commemorate its unveiling. >> johnson's work is indicative of the african american esthetic in an american modern statement. it's a perfectly beautiful time for us as a country to be saying, yes, this is an art treasure. >> reporter: jacob lauren, james vander zee are other african american artists featured on stamps. too pretty to mail. there is a big warmup coming our way. meteorologist bernadette woods and bob turk show us what to expect over the next five days. bernadette? >> well, start be out tomorrow, -- starting out tomorrow, we don't have that quite yet. tomorrow will be a warm one. going down to the 30s. but tomorrow, as we head through the day. sorry about that. sunshine, everybody. but as head through the day tomorrow. we'll see more. a gusty wind to the north keep
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us to about 59 degrees. but then the temperatures will start dropping again. here's bob. >> see that sun out there now? that will warm things up tomorrow. a little warmer than today. 59. but a whiley night again. 35. big warmup for friday, saturday, sunday. look at this. 65. a lot of sunshine. 72, 77. maybe a shower, sunday into monday. warm air moves in, 78, 50 on monday. jessica? >> all right. thank you, bob. in today's energy saver, you soon will be using your air conditioners more and more. and if you're in the market for a new one, make sure to replace it with an energy star qualified model. it can reduce your quality costs by 20%. if you have central air conditioning, keep your thermostat at 78 degrees. you can save 6 cents off your cooling cost for each degree above 78. scroll down the right-hand side of the page and click on our
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special section. lick on our negotiate korea fuels a rocket launch that could take place as early as tomorrow. it comes just weeks after the country agreed to a moratorium. north korea says it is putting a satellite testing in place. japan has deployed missile defenses and says it will shoot down any part of the rocket thats and near his territory. new bomb threats against the university of pittsburgh. the fbi is investigating after five bomb threats were reported early this morning. students were sent back to their dorms after authorities received an anonymous e-mail. police say more than 60 threats have been made since february. at least 100 people have have now been sickened by an outbreak of salmonella. according to the centers for disease control and prevention, nearly a quarter of them are from new york. eight are from right here in maryland. now, 10 people have been hospitalized. the real strain of salmonella has affected people in 19
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states and the district of columbia. no deaths have been reported. check in with eyewitness news at 6:00. for all news stories coming up at 6:00, denise is standing by live with a preview. wjz is closely following the breaking news. we are just minutes away from a florida prosecutor officially announcing charges against george zimmerman. wjz will bring you that news conference live. ravaged by fire. a dundalk church suffers serious damage. new at 6:00, why investigators say it is arson. check in for these stories and breaking news coming up at 6:00. still ahead on eyewitness news. sports director mark viviano is at camden yards. >> where the orioles are getting ready to face the yankees again. hey, mark. how are you guys doing? this season and home stand has followed two straight wins. what has followed? two straight defeats. i'll have the latest on the birds when eyewitness news continues. what makes the sleep number store different?
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orioles played the final game of their season-opening
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home stand tonight. the team is looking to get a win against the yankees. sports director was live from the ballpark with the latest. hi, mark. >> how are you doing, kai? yankees warming up on the field. warmup is the key phrase on a chilly night here at camden yards. the orioles started hot. but the birds look to bounce back against new york after a very -- [ no audio ] die-hard fans. [ breaking audio ] see a game that lasted more than four hours. now, it could have been over earliering but for a couple of unearned runs in the sixth inning, an error by mark reynolds. he was booed by the crowd. he takes the blame for his mistakes and says he doesn't blame the fans for their frustration. and in the 12th inning, raul ibanez hits the ball over markakis. and the go ahead run would
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store. -- score. ends up a tough loss to new york. >> it's very frustrate being. but i think the yankees understand that we've got a good team over here, too. and we're going to give them a lot of balance this year. and we know we came up short tonight. but i like the way our guys battled. >> reporter: yankees' closer, mariano rivera, would strike out nick markakis to kick it off. jake arrieta goes for the o's. 7:05. first pitch. you could see the game on masn. coming up, we'll hear from jake arrieta on how he plans to stop the losing streak to the yankees. and we'll talk football as the ravens get regard for the draft. -- ready for the draft. we'll hear from ozzie newsome. that's ahead in sports at 6:00. back to you for now. >> mark, thank you. thanks, mark. still to and tonight. justice for trevon. a special prosecutor is set to
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coming up on wjz eyewitness news at 6:00. breaking news. charges against george zimmerman in the shooting death of trayvon martin. what he faces and where zimmerman is now. a trial of baltimore brothers accused of setting a dog on fire. i'm mike hellgren in easton. two high school students appeal
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their suspensions and win a victory. i'll tell you how. check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now. charged. george zimmerman, facing prosecution. >> tonight, the charges he faces for the controversial death of trayvon martin. >> hello, everybody. i'm denise koch. >> and i'm vic carter. here's what people are talking about tonight. >> just seconds ago, police learned about the shooting death of trayvon martin. we'll have details more in a
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moment. but first, randall pinkston reports from sanford with the lateev. >> reporter: barricades are up outside the correctional facility where authorities are waiting for an announcement in the trayvon martin case. special prosecutor angela quarry is expected to press state charges against george zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watch captain who said he shopt the unarm -- shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self- defense. the family has been calling on the prosecutor to charge zimmerman with murder. >> for the past 48 days, it has been a nightmare. and this is coming from a mother's perspective. >> reporter: martin's mother spoke from washington, d.c. they are looking at civ rights charges. >> that every level of today's justice department, preventing and combatting youth violence and victimization, is and will continue to be a top prty

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